The Land of 12,000 Loons: Engaging Your Guests in Protecting Our State Bird
Many visitors are drawn to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and 12,000 loons) to experience the natural beauty and wildlife found Up North. The National Loon Center, the Minnesota Loon Restoration Project (MN DNR), and Get the Lead Out (MPCA) are all working together to protect one the most iconic species of the Northwoods. Learn how your resort can get involved to offer guests an experience that's good-for-the-soul and for the loons.
Natasha migrated all the way from the Northeast to the Midwest in the fall of 2021 to join the National Loon Center. Prior to joining the NLC she worked for Audubon Louisiana as a Coastal Bird Technician to promote community stewardship of beach-nesting birds. Natasha has also worked as a Conservation Educator for the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania and as a research assistant for projects on wild chimpanzees and orangutan behavioral ecology in Uganda and Sumatra, respectively. She’s hoping to use her unique range of experiences to be the best advocate she can for loon conservation and freshwater habitat preservation.
Natasha has her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University, graduating with Distinction in Research. She is excited to draw from her scientific background to develop engaging educational and citizen science programs on Minnesota’s lakes and loons. In her free time, Natasha enjoys kayaking, baking (and eating bread), hiking, reading, and exploring new places. She’s looking forward to discovering all the beautiful natural spaces in the Brainerd Lakes Area.